TRAVEL AND VACATION COMPLAINTS
How to complain and get results
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. TRAVEL AND VACATION COMPLAINTS
    How to complain and get results
  2. EXAMPLES OF TRAVEL
    AND VACATION COMPLAINTS

    Real problems that were resolved
  3. GET A DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOM
    AND SAVE ON LODGING TAX AS WELL
  4. DISCOUNT FOR WEEK'S STAY
    5 days can cost less than 7 days
  5. VACATIONS COST LESS THAN YOU THINK
    How to calculate the true price
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#1. TRAVEL AND VACATION COMPLAINTS
How to complain and get results

What do you do if you have a complaint when you are on the road? The best strategy is to negotiate with the hotel, the airline, the rental car company immediately. If you make a bit of a fuss, especially when other customers are standing close by, most travel businesses will want to resolve your problem quickly. Also they won't want you to leave and lose your business. However, if you wait until you get home to complain, they will feel little compulsion to resolve your complaint.

As usual, be sure you are negotiating with a person who has the authority to settle your problem. If he or she does not have that power, insist that you speak with a person who does.

Getting an upgrade, a free stay, or a free meal (i.e., asking them to throw in something extra) is the best way to negotiate. However, trying to get your money back is harder. If you use a credit card, a refund will be easier, but no business likes to return money if they can help it.





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#2. EXAMPLES OF TRAVEL AND VACATION COMPLAINTS
Real problems that were resolved

A.) My wife had a confirmed reservation with a reputable hotel chain, secured with a credit card in case of late arrival. She booked the room at the central 800 phone number, not the local desk. When she arrived late in the evening, they were full and couldn't find her reservation. Because she could document her confirmation number, they found her a room at another hotel for that night. Then they gave her and her two friends a free night with a full breakfast the 2nd night of their stay.

B.) I made a reservation for a rental car, a subcompact. When I arrived they were out of my size, so they upgraded me to the next largest size for free.

C.) Airlines are notorious for delayed flights and forcing people to spend the night in an unfamiliar city. They generally do not volunteer that they will pay your expenses caused by the delay. Incredible as it seems, you may have to ask.

D.) The air conditioner in our hotel in the Bahamas was noisy and not working well. After I complained, they upgraded us to a room twice the size of the former room, with a much better view.



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#3. GET A DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOM
AND SAVE ON LODGING TAX AS WELL


A survey of major cities in the US showed that taxes on lodging can be very high, as much as 15.75% and rarely less than 10%. When you bargain for a low rate on your room you will also save the tax as well. So a $100 savings could really be $115.75 in savings.



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#4. DISCOUNT FOR WEEK'S STAY
5 days can cost less than 7 days


My wife and I stayed at a motel in Wilmington, NC for five days. The cost was $60 for Saturday night and $50 per night through Thursday morning when we left, a total of $260. Just out of curiosity I asked the clerk what it would have cost to stay for a week. "$260," was the reply. The weekly rate did not include daily housekeeping services, but did include fresh towels. If our five days had included Friday (a $60 per night rate), the seven day rate would have been $10 less than a five day stay!



#5. VACATIONS COST LESS THAN YOU THINK
How to calculate the true price

Everyone needs a vacation, but many people won't go because of the expense. However, the true cost of a vacation is what you pay for the hotel, restaurants, etc., minus what you would have spent just to stay at home. When my wife and I travel in the winter, we turn down the heaters in our house so we pay a lot less on utilities, for example. In addition, subtract what you would have spent at your local supermarket from the cost of eating on the road, and so on.


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